I launched my blog Goodness Guru in 2014 after my first year at Edinburgh University. Desperate for the ultimate student experience I threw myself into the joys of late nights and tequila shots which soon had some repercussions. By the summer, I was exhausted, my clear skin had erupted in acne and I was struck by a bout of frustration and low self-esteem.
However, a bit of acne and freshers flu weren’t my only motivations for commencing Goodness Guru. As with many young girls, the pressures of growing up contributed to creating a very image conscious teenager. As a result, I thought low calorie and low-fat foods were the best way forward and a seemingly harmless diet quickly transpired into a controlling and destructive eating disorder. My eating disorder robbed me of my health and happiness and was a deeply dark time.
As well as traditional therapy and treatment, Goodness Guru was a gateway to enjoying food again, cooking, experimenting and coming to understand the equally important, yet varied roles of food in our everyday lives. From nutrition to socialising, family traditions and eating because it simply brings me joy, I have learnt to nourish myself free from guilt and restriction. My recovery also gave me so much more than simply being able to rediscover the pleasures of food, it gave me back my life. It allowed me to reclaim my hobbies and interests, my curiosity and creativity, my friends, family and ambitions. To anyone suffering, you are worthy of recovery and it is 100% possible.
Through this blog, it is my hope to continue to share my personal experience of recovery, as well as my passions for cooking, feeling good and learning to let go and live a little, basically all the Goodness! I am on a mission to inspire young women to love their bodies no matter what and to enjoy a healthy and balanced relationship with food. In the last year, I have been particularly inspired by the Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size Literature. I firmly believe that all foods fit in our definition of health and that we must come to value a greater diversity of body shapes and sizes.
Currently, I’m based in London where I am undertaking a masters in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at UCL, alongside my training as a nutritional therapist. I am an ambassador for the UK’s leading Eating disorder charity beat and have previously worked as an eating disorder recovery coach. In the future, it is my hope to work full time as a nutritionist specialising in eating disorders, fusing my passion for nutrition and first-hand experiences.
Recovery is very possible!